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Author and actor Montel Williams rose to fame in 1991 with the launch of his talk show, The Montel Williams Show, which ran for 17 seasons and earned its host an Emmy.
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Williams quickly backed up his claims. Charming and positive, Williams packed a style that quickly drew rave reviews from viewers and television critics. Compassion was also a part of the program's equation, as Williams became the only talk-show host to employ a full-time psychologist for his guests. He also launched the After Care Program, which allowed his struggling guests to pursue treatment for depression,
weight gain and addictions.
In 1996 Williams won the Emmy for "Outstanding Talk Show Host." Overall, the program ran for 17 seasons, ceasing production in 2008.
On top of the success of his program, Williams has ventured into other areas of the entertainment business. He's appeared on several different television shows, from JAG to All My Children to Touched by an Angel. Additionally, he directed the full-length film Little Pieces. But his career and life have also been shaped by his health. In 1999 doctors diagnosed Williams with multiple sclerosis (MS). As expected, the always positive Williams refused to sound defeated. "I want to inspire people, and show them that they can live and prosper with MS," Williams said at the time.
He's since gone on to raise major awareness about the disease, work that has included the launch of The Montel Williams MS Foundation.
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